Hampton students to take art to higher level

| Wednesday, June 4, 2014, 9:01 p.m.

Two Hampton High School students left their alma mater this week to take their art education to the next level in different ways.

Former co-presidents of the art club, Hanna Dausch and Christine DeAndrea, will enter Loyola University in Chicago and Duquesne University Honors College, respectively, in the fall.

One of the Hampton graduates will follow a traditional art education path. The other's studies will combine art with science.

Dausch took a variety of art classes at Hampton High School, from drawing and painting to ceramics and contemporary craft, and plans to major in fine arts with a minor in advertising and visual communications.

“I got to learn how to use the different mediums and incorporate them together to create something different,” Dausch said.

“Hampton has such a good art program. The teachers here … they allow for stepping outside your boundaries.”

DeAndrea plans to focus on science at Duquesne University and enter a pre-med track while completing requirements to become a physician's assistant and pursuing a minor in anatomical illustration.

“I'm not giving up one, I'm meshing the two,” DeAndrea said of her interest and aptitude in art and science.

DeAndrea said participating in art classes in high school helped her focus on the craft.

“I think I got a deeper understanding of the tradition of excellence (at Hampton),” she said.

Dausch and DeAndrea also have left their mark on the school and community through their art. The pair, along with other members of the art club, created murals in classrooms, including a world map in a geography classroom. DeAndrea also plans to create a series of murals in a social studies classroom and one of her prints is hanging in an anatomy classroom.

The senior class also chose one of DeAndrea's pieces to be added to the high school's permanent art collection.

High school art teacher Karen Vachon-Thaner said she is proud to see Dausch and DeAndrea pursue art after high school.

“I think art is important in our lives regardless of what (career) they choose,” Vachon-Thaner said. “It's an honor to be able to work with students who are so passionate and love art and want to keep learning and growing and challenging themselves.”

Dausch and DeAndrea both have art projects lined up for the summer and are looking forward to challenging themselves by furthering their art education in college.

“Art is all around you and in everything you do,” Dausch said. “You need art to help in other subjects and other subjects to help with your art. Everything around you has a design to it … and that's considered art.”

Bethany Hofstetter is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6364 or bhofstetter@tribweb.com.

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